Monthly Archives: August 2012

To be honest….

I just don’t get that phrase.  Yet, I hear it or read it, frequently.  What, the speaker’s been lying all the time til now? And I should trust what he says??  That phrase just puts my hackles up.  I think I understand why they say it – they want to emphasize what follows and make sure the reader or listener notes the truth of the statement, but I contend it shouldn’t be necessary in the first place.  For the life of me, though, I can’t come up with a replacement phrase.  Thoughts?

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Higher Education and Football

Well.  There goes the newest group of college freshmen!  Don’t they look cute…and scared spitless!!  Heehee!!  Poor kids – they didn’t see the knowledge bus that hit them!

That got me to thinking of extended families – both mine and my husband’s – and where we all ended up going to college.  We’re all over the place – California, Texas, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia.  So, what’s a good girl gonna do when it comes to supporting her favorite collegiate football team?  (I’m not EVEN going to mention pro football.)  I decided to try to list them (not in any kind of order – so don’t go trying to knock any sense into me – it is what it is) and see what I came up with.

So.  We’ve got UT (and yes, that’s University of Texas AND University of Tennessee), Clemson, Georgia Tech, USC (Go Trojans!), University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Liberty, West Virginia University (welcome to the Big 12!), Bob Jones University (wait – do they have football??), and that’s just a few.  With all the hoopla leading up to SEC night (tonight??) on Facebook, all I see is UT this and WVU that!  Bright orange, purple and gold!   Can’t you just see those colors on the gridiron…at the same time?  Eeeww.

Naturally, when we moved to sunny, very southern Alabama last year, my daddy told me I had to make a choice – either Auburn University or Alabama so I did the big girl thing and said no.  No, I couldn’t choose, I’d take both, since no one in our families had graced either of these prestigious and hallowed halls of footballery fame with their presence.  Of course, neither did I, but that’s beside the point.  The point is, I can’t just choose one – so I think the wisest thing for me to do is not root for anyone and just enjoy the stuffing out of all the rivalry!  What a hoot!

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Passionate Reading

HA!  Change that – reading is a passion for me.  It’s a trait my family revels in and I can see it’s been passed down to the next generation.  Oh, how that gladdens me!  My two youngest nieces seem to always be near a book if they aren’t on the phone texting their friends.  Their mom, my youngest sister is way too busy being a mom to really sit down and just read, but believe me she has her favorites, too.  My other sister likes books by Anita Shreve, but she, too, is working a full-time job.  Me, I’m retired – and the oldest.  Just means more reading for me.

My favorites run the gamut from chick-lit to true crime and everything in between.  I figure at the rate books are being published these days, and no matter how long I live, I could read a book a day and never, ever be bored.  I have a Kindle, an iPod, and a laptop, all for my ebooks, but there’s just something about holding that physical entity in my hand that makes me smile.  What’s between those pages?  How do they get from the title page to the end? What kind of journey am I taking with this author and is this author one I want to become good friends with, as in — buy every one of their books!!  Aiyiyi.  The pocketbook pain.

My husband built me three beautiful bookcases several years back, but they’re full.  He broke down and bought me a nice one from one of those box stores, but it’s full, too.  I need another one.  His argument goes that I don’t need a new bookcase, I just have to get rid of some of my old books.  My argument goes you just don’t willy-nilly get rid of books.  There’s a relationship that’s like strands of silk – easily made, hard to break, especially if I’ve read them more than once!!  I told him to get rid of all his golf clubs just to show me how it’s done.  Oh, if looks could kill….

So.  If I could have a wish for you, all things considered, I’d wish for you a love of reading.  To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, oh, the places you can go and the things you can see!

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Hurricane Isaac and anniversaries

I live in southern Alabama – southwestern Baldwin County – we’re out of danger now, with the evac’s lifted.  But the wind’s still blowing and the rain’s still falling and the roads south to the beaches are still closed so we’re not out of this just yet.  The threat of tornadoes and flash floods keeps most folks here grounded in their homes.  While we’re safe here, we pray earnestly for the safety of those folks west of us in Mississippi and Louisiana.  I have lived long enough to know that anniversaries don’t just mark happy times.  Today’s the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the folks in New Orleans probably don’t want to be reminded, even visually, of what happened after that fateful, hateful day.  Platitudes can only go so far, but prayer goes forever.  You have my prayers.

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Hello world!

Hello and welcome to my blog!  I’ve blogged before on other blogsites, but I’m starting fresh with new everythings.  I have no idea what I’m going to blog about, talk about, show or detail for you, but I guarantee you and I’ll have fun along the way.

Now,  like most any budding relationships (you and me!) there has to be some ground rules -well, only one, really.  I’ll respect you and you respect me.  That’s it.  I don’t care who you are, what you are, or where you are.   Be Gentle, Reader.

So, off we go.  I’ve got to get this puppy up and running.  My mind is full of stuff – like surviving Hurricane Isaac, taking the trash out, feeding the cat, you know, life stuff.

See you on the flip side!

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